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MASS MoCA

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87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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April 2019

Exhibition: Trenton Doyle Hancock Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass

April 1 @ 8:00 AM - November 3 @ 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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“About 50,000 years ago an ape man named Homerbuctas masturbated in a field of prehistoric flowers giving birth to a legend, no, “The” Legend. For years, there have been reports of large, furry, smelly heaps residing in wooded areas around the world. These reports are supposed sightings of the cryptid (creature not yet verified by science), simply known to cryptozoologists as Mounds. I am, for reasons that I can’t quite explain, connected to these mysterious Mound creatures. I share a…

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Suffering From Realness

April 13, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - January 4, 2020 @ 11:59 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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“It will gradually become apparent that at particular moments when there is within a society a crisis of belief…the sheer material factualness of the human body will be borrowed to lend that cultural construct the aura of ‘realness’ and ‘certainty.’ – Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (1985) Suffering from Realness explores the politics of representation — and the ways in which artists use the body to grasp at and re-center the “aura…

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May 2019

Exhibition: Annie Lennox: ‘Now I Let You Go…’

May 1 @ 8:00 AM - December 31 @ 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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We interact with an infinity of objects from birth to the grave. Over time our ‘belongings’ become more steeped and resonant with memory and nostalgia. In many ways, personal objects express aspects of who we are — our identity: our values: our statements and choices. The passages of time through which we exist become defined by the objects with which we interact. The artefacts contained within the earthen mound — partially buried — partially excavated — have all played a…

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Cauleen Smith We Already Have What We Need

May 25
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Cauleen Smith describes her work as a reflection on “the everyday possibilities of the imagination.” Trained as a filmmaker, the multidisciplinary artist creates visual and phenomenological experiences that ruminate on social, cultural, intellectual, artistic, and political liberation. Her stunning works draw on poetry, Afrofuturism, science fiction, and tactics of experimental film to conjure alternative narratives and what the artist has called “a cornucopia of future histories.” She engages topics and influences as disparate as the African Diaspora, the image of…

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Mass MoCA Turns 20 Let’s Party.

May 25 @ 4:00 PM - 11:55 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Capturing MASS MoCA’s energy and spirit of embracing music and art in all forms, our 20th birthday party spreads across the museum campus — from Marshall Street to the interior courtyards and galleries — encompassing new exhibitions, wild versions of your favorite games, terrific music by performers from both near and far, great food and a world of fun. It’s the world of MASS MoCA, at 20 years. 4pm – An Afternoon of Conversation and Song with Annie Lennox (Benefit…

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Tank and the Bangas

May 25 @ 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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“Unpredictable, theatrical and full of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and spoken word freshness – Tank and the Bangas, who broke out as the winners of NPR’s first-ever Tiny Desk Concert contest, might not be able to describe the sounds they emit – but it is beautiful nonetheless” (Okayplayer). This is one of the finest party bands on the planet, coming off like a latter-day Sly and the Family Stone. What to Expect This show is general admission standing room only.…

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June 2019

Bombino

June 15 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$22 – $48

“North African desert blues (or Tichumaren in Tamasheq, the Tuareg language) has become arguably the most successful world music genre to break through since reggae — and few performers have wielded the guitar with such mastery and majesty as Bombino,” (The New York Times). Bombino’s previous records, produced by the likes of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, were recorded in Woodstock and Boston. His latest, Deran, was made in Casablanca and earned him a Grammy…

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Solid Sound Festival

June 28 - June 30
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Spanning three days and four stages, Solid Sound includes music by Wilco and its members’ side projects, as well as many other musical performers. It also features a full comedy lineup, family fun for all ages, local food, craft beer, camping, naturalist activities, and more.

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Solid Sound Festival 2019

June 28 @ 11:00 AM - June 30 @ 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$90 – $135

Spanning three days and four stages, Solid Sound includes music by Wilco and its members’ side projects, as well as many other musical performers. It also features a full comedy lineup, family fun for all ages, local food, craft beer, camping, naturalist activities, and more.

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July 2019

John Simon

July 6 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$18 – $44

Legendary music producer John Simon put his stamp on some of the greatest albums ever recorded, from The Band’s Music from Big Pink to Janis Joplin’s Cheap Thrills to Leonard Cohen’s early records. He’s in North Adams playing songs and telling stories from his book Truth, Lies & Hearsay: A Memoir of a Musical Life in and out of Rock and Roll.

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Matthew Barney: Redoubt Co-Presented With Williams College Museum of Art

July 13 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Set in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain range, Matthew Barney’s feature-length film layers classical, cosmological, and American myths about humanity’s place in the natural world, continuing Barney’s long-standing focus on landscape as both setting and subject. Redoubt adapts the myth of Diana, goddess of the hunt, and Actaeon, a hunter who trespasses on her and is punished — a story of guns, hunting, and wolves in the wild. Stay for a discussion with the artist and WCMA Director Pam Franks. What to…

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The Pretenders

July 26 @ 10:00 AM - July 27 @ 5:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$66 – $300

Preferred Tickets are on sale now to MASS MoCA Members. Includes preferred viewing area and a post-concert reception with the band. Become a member General Admission Tickets and any remaining Preferred Tickets on sale to general public Saturday, April 27, 10am. In the band’s only North American appearance during Summer 2019, The Pretenders will play at MASS MoCA on July 26, with proceeds from this benefit concert supporting the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music, which underwrites new…

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Adia Victoria

July 27 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$18 – $44

The Nashville-based Adia Victoria treats the blues like a matter of life and death for her — as NPR put it, she’s “redefining what it means to be a Southern blueswoman — that’s a wily, radical and thoroughly contemporary role.” Or, as Victoria tells The New York Times, “I want to make the blues dangerous again.” We’re throwing caution to the wind for this one. What to Expect Have dinner and drinks on MASS MoCA’s campus or in downtown North…

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Maggie Rogers

July 30 @ 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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$39 – $65

Photo from https://massmoca.org Anticipation for Maggie Rogers’ major label debut has been building for three years since a viral video shot her to instant stardom, and Heard It in a Past Life, released in January of this year, has not disappointed. Her exceptional blend of soulful pop and indie folk marks her as a singular new voice in music, and her sold-out world tour is the hottest ticket in town from the UK to Europe to Australia to Coachella.

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August 2019

Cha Wa

August 24 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Deep funk beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts mix with the gritty warmth of singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s voice to create an irresistible New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian sound. The Grammy-nominated Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of Big Easy street culture. What to Expect In good weather, we dance outside in our concert courtyard. Grab dinner in downtown North Adams or here on campus before the show. Our bar is always well-stocked with Bright Ideas Brewing…

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September 2019

Fresh Grass Festival

September 20 - September 22
MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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Music starts early in the museum courtyards, moves to our spacious (and grassy!) urban concert meadow, and then continues until past your bedtime with wild and woolly late-night barn dances in the Hunter Center on Friday and Saturday nights. The lineup is jam-packed with guitar gods and banjo gurus, traditionalists, and trailblazers — artists you already know and love interspersed with FreshGrass discoveries. Taken together, it’s an expansive group of performers who both draw on the past and look to…

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